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2nd November 2021

New service launched to keep people well this winter 

A new service to support people to stay safe and well this winter has been launched. 

Shropshire Council is working alongside the British Red Cross, Age UK Shropshire Telford and Wrekin and the wider Wellbeing and Independence Partnership to ensure that residents have easy access to support where needed.  

The Winter Support Service is part of our ‘5 Ways to Winter Wellness’ campaign which highlights the ways in which people can remain both physically and mentally well. In addition to wellbeing, this campaign will focus on the role and importance of vaccinations and the things we can all do to protect ourselves again winter illnesses. 

What will the Winter Support Service provide? 

The service can offer assessment and ongoing support to people identified as needing help, including: 

  • Transport returning home from hospital 
  • Settling people in at home following discharge from hospital 
  • Fitting of low-level equipment such as key safes and pendant alarms 
  • Collecting and delivering medications 
  • Shopping and delivery 
  • Wellbeing home visits 
  • Companionship for isolated or lonely people 

The service can’t offer a crisis response or personal care, but it will work as part of the health and care system to ensure people get the support they need through appropriate referrals and signposting. 

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: 

“I’m delighted that our successful wellbeing and independence service has expanded to provide even more support to those who could be at risk during the winter months. Our Winter Support Service will support vulnerable people to maintain their physical and emotional wellbeing through the winter when the effects of the pandemic remain serious and significant.  

“I encourage people who feel they could benefit from support to maintain their independence at home to talk to us about what could be put in place to make a difference.” 

As part of the service, the council will also be making outbound calls to people we have identified as potentially needing extra support. Please be aware that our advisors will never ask for bank account details over the phone.  

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:-  

“Welfare and wellbeing are a key part of ‘5 Ways to Winter Wellness’, along with vaccinations, protecting yourself against coronavirus, looking after your mental health and getting active. Throughout the coming months we will be highlighting the ways you can stay safe, healthy and active when the weather gets colder and the nights draw in.   

“It’s really important that we support people to stay well and independent at home where possible to avoid putting additional pressure on the NHS this winter. We are here to help so if you are worried about anything or need extra support, please speak to us.” 

How do I find out more? 

Local residents and those who support people in the community can call the Winter Support Service helpline on 0345 678 9012 in order to find out more and be referred where appropriate. This phoneline will be open Mondays-Fridays, 9am to 5pm. 

25th August 2021

Pontesbury and Worthen Medical Practice “Next time you need to ask for repeat prescriptions!


The Medical Practice has listened to the concerns of its patients and are changing the way repeat prescriptions are reordered, to increase accuracy, reduce the call volumes, so improve the communication and reducing waste.


From 25th August 2021 when you collect your regular monthly prescription you will be asked to book the repeat 7 days in advance – details are in letter issued with prescription.

If you can, the best way to do this is through the NHS App or if not able the use that then use the repeat prescription form, issued with the last prescription, can be delivered into the special repeat prescriptions box at either Worthen or Pontesbury.  If neither of those work for you then please contact the Practice.

When the prescription is ready, you’ll get a text message to tell you to pick it up. If you can’t receive text messages, then contact the Practice see below.



The Practice’s goal is to make the service the best it can possibly be, and this new system is designed to make that happen. The Practice is asking for you to help them with this change, and by doing so giving community the best service they can.



The NHS App (not the track and trace) can be found at www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/ - you then set up the App to be connected to the Medical Practice



More details can be found at www.pontesburyworthenmp.co.uk/repeat-prescriptions/



The contact details for Medical Practice are



Email:  contact.pontesbury@nhs.net



Telephone:  01743 790325



Postal: Pontesbury & Worthen Medical Practice, Hall Bank, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury, SY5 0RF

18th May 2021

Many of you will be wondering what has happened to the former St Mary’s School……….

We are delighted to announce the opening of Westbury School. The school is owned by Unique Care Group, a residential, educational childcare company specialising in providing placements for young people with learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum conditions and co-occurring needs such as ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorder, emotional challenges, and attachment conditions. Given the challenges we have all faced this year; it has been a very long journey for the school,  from the renovation work to curriculum development and staff recruitment, little has been straight forward for us! However, we have recently undergone a successful Ofsted inspection, and the school is now officially registered.


Of course, this is now when the real work starts….. we are a safe, happy, nurturing and positive learning environment where pupil voice is central in everything we do. The staff have high aspirations for our learners. We aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all our pupils that focuses on individual, personal, social, vocational and academic achievement. For our learners, the curriculum must be highly personalised for each learner, and to this end we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community. We value collaborative partnerships with parents, carers and with a range of other agencies, and it is this joined-up working that ensures learners are best placed and are supported to make outstanding progress. Moving forward, there are many ideas of how we would like to develop employability skills for our learners while positively contributing to our local community. Whilst nothing is firmed up as yet, we are interested in running a community café once a half term, looking after an area of the grounds in the church, coordinating a ‘Westbury in Bloom’ competition and as a horticulture project planting wildflowers under the Westbury road sign on the Shrewsbury Road.

 A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us and for all of the kind messages of support.


With best wishes,

Farah Quinn,


4th May 2021







At the close of nominations on Thursday 8TH April 2021, Westbury Parish Council still has three vacancies.


If you are interested in being a Parish Councillor then please contact the Clerk at the address below by 14th May 2021.



This notice is dated the 4th day of May 2021

Clerk to the Council



The Cart Barn









21st April 2021

Have your say in how your hospitals work

20 April 2021

The trust that runs Shropshire’s acute hospitals is asking members of the public to get more involved in the way services are delivered.

From tomorrow (21 April), for four weeks, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is giving people the opportunity to share their ideas and on how it can involve them more in what happens at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Services and lead for the Public Participation Team at SaTH, said: “We know that local hospitals are really important to our communities and we take this responsibility very seriously. 

“We believe hospital services improve when we listen carefully to what people tell us and we respond to what they say. We want to give our communities a much bigger say in how we work and we think people will have lots of brilliant ideas to help us involve them more.

“We recognise it’s not always easy to get your voice heard and this is why we’re holding an open, honest and anonymous online conversation. This is an opportunity for everyone in our communities to share their ideas with us.

“You will also be able to read and comment on what others have shared, and vote on what you agree or don’t agree with.

“We will use the insight generated from this online conversation to inform our Public Participation Plan, which will be published in July 2021. We know some things need to change, and we need your help to tell us what we should be striving for and what we can do together to involve you more.”

The online conversation opens on Wednesday. Visit www.sathgetinvolved.org to register your interest in joining this conversation.


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